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Midweek Hysteria

Hysteria. The symptoms are:

“Faintness, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in the abdomen, muscle spasm, shortness of breath, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, and “a tendency to cause trouble”.

Yes, those are the symptoms of trying to romance Morrigan in Dragon Age before she warms up her swamp galoshes a little bit for you.

Until then, you need to be ready to endure tongue lashings of the non-pleasurable variety, generally cause trouble in order to please her, and you’d better have your save game handy. (For the benefit of any Dragon Age romance savants, I am using a Morrigan gender-unlock mod.)

So. I’ve been at least two months in Rift, and I need a break. I’ve never been into festival grinds. I’ve squashed enough summer bugs and fished enough summer fish already. My main character’s roleplay daughter (on the second account) is up to level 40.

Last night I played Dragon Age: Origins and picked up Shale, the DLC companion character. I’m thrilled with DA on the PC compared to the PS3 (except the map is too small), but Shale is a disappointment that ruins the party I had planned.

Tonight I am updating SWTOR while listening to Diablo soundtracks. “Sisters” is my favorite so far.

Dear Bioware, if you’re going to make a companion DLC, the added companion needs to be of maximum amenability with all players instead of a narrow niche appeal. Put niche characters in with the main cast and let people pick and choose, like with handsome assassin boy, Zevran.

So after I originally boycotted SWTOR due to the outrageous anti-LGBT reversal, and then was turned away by F2P due to not being able to make a Twi’lek, I remembered my beta Imperial Agent, who was cool and inspiring while still being human (I think, so playable without paying up front). Primary drawback: no light saber.

We’ll see how long I survive. The last time I entered the spiked pit trap that is the limited F2P SWTOR character creation, I lasted two minutes before quitting, and I haven’t logged in since.

It’s been another weak week for news. Angry Joe is apparently playing games instead of making videos. I adopted The Old Reader as my Google reader substitute recently, and they just now announced they are kicking out their 400,000 new customers and making a private service for 10,000 instead.

I was not a happy camper when I heard this last night. Thankfully I have my blog, and it has a sidebar full of links, which is how I coped without readers in the first place.

Lastly, I’m happy to see the Rift Newbie Guide staying on top of the pop. That guide is like a plant that was dead, an embarrassment to my lack of attention, and I resurrected it for F2P, and it’s beating my WoW guide now daily for visits. This pleases the kitty.


Weekly Wyrm May 26, 2013

Last week was a weird, weird gaming week. On Monday I realized that two of my e-books had been ripped off and reposted for free download.

The announcement of XBOX One then came on Tuesday, and reports say that Microsoft is putting a hurt on used games, enough that Gamestop shares dropped 17% in the following days. From now on, XBOX games will supposedly be registered and playable by one owner account only, even within a family unit.

Having been pirated, I feel an inner conflict. I have to sympathize, despite the war on friends and family. If I have the choice to publish my creative work on a 99% guaranteed pirate-free platform offered by Microsoft, or on a platform that allows anyone to rip off and repost my stuff (the Amazon Kindle system for example), I’d go with Microsoft.

Not because I’m a whore for the occasional nickels and dimes I get for my short stories. I actually believe theoretically in free shared creativity. It’s unacceptable, however, for other people to take over my work to drive traffic to their skeevy websites and their highly suspect India-hosted download service, or whatever.

Angry Joe had a lot to say about XBOX One (or “XBone” as people are calling it) on Tuesday. I’ve visited his site every day since then hoping to see more, but maybe he has collapsed into an exhausted depression. I could be entertained watching him sleep, really.

Live Joe-cam? The kitty might pay for a hot cup of Joe. Depending.

I played a little Neverwinter this week, but I’m not making any real effort until new classes come. I’m starting to be afraid though that a Neverwinter ranger can’t possibly be as good as my GW2 ranger or Rift Rogue, and a Neverwinter druid class might fall a little short of every other druid class in the past decade.

This is an interesting issue. I also checked out the Neverwinter Foundry, but I just don’t have time between school and my real creative work. I logged into LotRO last week as well, one week after quitting. I logged in, looked at the “hobbit present” icon, and logged out. Uninstalled.

Still, I might re-install some day. Why?

I logged in because Knights of the White Lady was doing a big membership purge, and I suddenly didn’t want to get purged. It hurted us, precious. You need to earn sponsors to get into the Knights and not get kicked out again. I didn’t apply for two years because of that policy, and finally I bucked up and survived it. I was fine.

Knights is a great guild with wonderful people, but it’s still a little hypocritical.

Its motto is “people of all backgrounds and sexual orientations (gay, straight, bi or transgender) can feel at home.” Well, not if you’re judging them non-stop as soon as they set foot in the door. This is something I’ve always wanted to say, but never did.

I’ve heard people say that their guild is the only reason they play a given MMO anymore. That has never happened to me until now. I’ve always had mixed feelings about the guilds in which I participated, and figured I could find a new one if need be. When threatened to be inactive-purged from the Knights, I realized that I did not want that to happen.

So, I have to admit a possibility that this guild could drag me back to LotRO some day, *if* they don’t kick me out before then for not logging in. That is probably not likely since I rebelled, as is my nature, against a simpering “don’t kick me because I’ll be back” note in the roster, which would not be entirely honest.

I do not understand that purging policy. It has surely cost them quality membership over time.

This weekend I am playing Skyrim. I’m enjoying exploring the mountain wilderness. Last night I searched for a half hour online for a secret leaked beta video for the Elder Scrolls MMO. I couldn’t find one, but TESO will supposedly be playable at E3.

Hopefully on June 11-13 we will see a lot more of TESO, and also more information on Playstation 4 vs. Xbox One games. Ciao for now. Happy gaming.

Same Gender Romance Coming Soon To SWTOR?

Larry Everett made a very eye-opening prediction today about same-gender romances coming in SWTOR: Rise of the Hutt Cartel. This was on Massively in his article, Hyperspace Beacon: What does the future hold for SWTOR?

I was having the same exact thoughts today, but with the additional observation that the Hutt species is hermaphroditic, that is, they have sex organs from both genders hiding somewhere on their big slug-like bodies.

What better time to introduce the enjoyment of love in all possible forms, including droid love? I would think droids are also hermaphroditic, with various interchangeable modules–okay I don’t want to go too far with this, but if there are any droids out there with power supplies that last longer than normal batteries, look me up.

I can also say that a LotRO kinmate on the Landroval server said in our kin forum last July 2nd that her friend is a lead writer for SWTOR, and that she “Just talked to my friend and he confirms that there is definitely some same-sex content coming down the pipe for SWOTR. He can’t say when, but it’s confirmed.”

I think quality companionship is a really big deal in an RPG. It doesn’t even have to be romance. It can be a faction. It can be friends. The party banter in Baldur’s Gate and Dragon Age is much-beloved because it adds so much to immersion and characterization.

I’ve only played Skyrim for six hours (so glad I waited for my new PC–it’s the best-looking game I’ve seen), but I’m already impressed by the characters and how they try to recruit me into their factions. The world of Skyrim is so amazing so far.

Anyway. Here is the relevant text from the Massively article, and behold my newest artwork creation as well, in the form of a quirky comic strip.

“Since the announcement that SWTOR would continue the BioWare tradition of romantic story arcs in TOR, players have been curious (no pun intended) about whether same-gender options would be available and how they might play out within the existing character storylines. I certainly believe that Rise of the Hutt Cartel will bring us the SGRAs we’re looking for.

I’ll even speculate that the arcs will be similar to those in Mass Effect 3. I don’t believe that suddenly every romance arc will be available to you regardless of gender. I believe that certain characters, possibly existing companions (Kaliyo, I’m looking at you), will have a change of heart, as it were, and make themselves available for players to romance now.

However, I think the biggest area for SGRAs will be in brand-new characters introduced on Makeb. These characters will be orientated one specific way, and if your character is the same gender, then you will be able to romance them. Additionally, I believe we will receive a new companion — maybe two. This companion will be gained much as we acquired HK-51: There will be a shared story arc for every class to gain this companion, and I believe this companion will be completely romanceable. ~Larry Everett